Teen eating disorders may impact weight later: study
Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Girls who engaged in binge eating at 13 tended to have a higher BMI, a measure of weight relative to height, two years later. (Reuters, 1/2)
Recommendation of Doc Key to HPV Vaccine Use
Recommendations from physicians might be one of the best ways to increase use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, researchers suggested. Parents consistently said a doctor’s recommendation was one of the most important factors in their decision to vaccinate a child the CDC found in a systematic literature review. (MedPage Today, 1/6)
Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens
Younger students are no different than their older peers when it comes to sexting, a new study reports. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that a significant number of adolescents between ages 12 and 14 sext, and that these children are more likely to kiss, have oral sex or sexual intercourse than their counterparts who did not send such explicit messages. (Time, 1/6)
HPV Vaccine: The Earlier, the Better
Women ages 18 and older and those who had abnormal cervical cytology when vaccinated against the human papillomavirus had rates of cervical dysplasia similar to those of unvaccinated women, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The “findings affirm the importance of vaccination before any significant exposure to HPV occurs.” (MedPage Today, 1/7)
3 out of 4 adolescents don’t get recommended physical activity: Survey
A government survey looking at adolescents’ physical fitness levels shows that youth aren’t as active as they should be. Only 1 in 4 U.S. kids aged 12 to 15 meet the recommendations -- an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day. (CBS News, 1/8)      

Fitness In Teen Years Reduces Heart Attack Risk 30 Or 40 Years Down The Road
A research team looked at medical data from almost 750,000 men; they concluded those who were “fit” in late adolescence were less likely to have a heart attack 30 or 40 years later, a European Society of Cardiology news release reported. (Headline & Global News, 1/8)         
Lower Fat Content for Adolescents’ Diets
The prevalence of excess weight and obesity among adolescents and, as a result, the concomitant problems, has increased considerably in recent years. A study by the UPV/EHU has confirmed that, irrespective of the total calories consumed and the physical activity done, an excessive proportion of fat in the diet leads to a greater accumulation of fat in the abdomen. (Science Daily, 1/8)
Teenagers who drink have more friends: study
Middle and high school students who drink alcohol are often the same ones winning the popularity contests, new research suggests. Previous studies have found friend groups can influence choices about alcohol, but haven’t looked at the possible social payoffs of drinking. (Chicago Tribune, 1/8)
Brushing behavior among young adolescents: does perceived severity matter
Oral health is a basis for general health and well-being and affects physical and psychological aspects of the human life. The aim of this study was to determine the power of the health belief model in general and the role of perceived severity and its components in particular in predicting tooth brushing behavior among young adolescents. (7th Space, 1/8)
Teen Concussions Increase Risk for Depression
Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. What this study suggests is that teens who have had a concussion should be screened for depression,” said lead study author. (Newswise, 1/9)
Crashes, near-crashes caused by distracted driving among adolescents
Distracted driving increased the risk of crash and near-crash among newly licensed adolescents, according to results of a recent study. “The secondary tasks associated with the risk of a crash or near-crash all required the driver to look away from the road ahead,” the researchers wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine. (Healio, 1/9)
Vital Signs: Communication Between Health Professionals and Their Patients About Alcohol Use — 44 States and the District of Columbia, 2011
Excessive alcohol use accounted for an estimated 88,000 deaths in the United States each year during 2006–2010, and $224 billion in economic costs in 2006. Since 2004, USPSTF has recommended alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling (also known as alcohol screening and brief intervention [ASBI]) for adults to address excessive alcohol use; however, little is known about the prevalence of its implementation. ASBI will also be covered by many health insurance plans because of the Affordable Care Act. (MMWR, 1/10)




The perils of legalized pot
So the reason to single out marijuana is the simple fact of its current (semi-)illegality. On balance, society will not be better off with another legal mind-altering substance. In particular, our kids will not be better off with another legal mind-altering substance. (Washington Post, 1/2)

Tempe sex-education meeting stirs up outrage
More than 100 people crowded into a standing-room-only meeting at the Tempe Union High School District office on Tuesday evening to hear a sex-education expert employed by Planned Parenthood discuss curricula being reviewed by a district committee. (Arizona Central, 1/7)

Cincinnati Children’s reaches out to 10,000 kids without care amid clinic closures
Some of the children among the 19,000 patients left without access to doctors and nurses by the recent closure of four health centers and three school-based programs should soon be able to receive care on a temporary basis from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (Cincinnati Business Central, 1/8)

Reaching out to prevent HIV in high-risk youth
The ball, sponsored by the University of Chicago Medical Center last month to commemorate World AIDS Day, is one of the more unconventional ways health care providers are trying to reach the group currently most at risk for contracting HIV and AIDS: gay men under age 25. (USA Today, 1/9)
Let’s Not Kid Ourselves About Marijuana
Adolescents are vulnerable—and not just to pot. That’s how they are programmed. They make rash and risky choices because their brains aren’t fully developed. The part of the brain that censors dumb or dangerous behavior is last to come on line (generally not before the mid-20s). (Wall Street Journal, 1/9)



20 years of school-based health promotion in Slovenia
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Slovenia´s Healthy Schools Network, the National Institute of Public health together with WHO and the ministries of health; labour, family, social affairs and equal opportunities; education, science, culture and sport organized a national conference on health promotion in the school environment. (World Health Organization, 1/6)
India launches adolescent health programme
The Indian government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive programme to improve the health of adolescents in the country with a focus on community-based interventions. So far efforts have been confined to sexual and reproductive health of adolescents at select government facilities. The programme will bring in several new dimensions, like mental health, nutrition, substance misuse, gender based violence and non-communicable diseases. (One India, 1/7)
Schools urged to teach about consent in sex education
Almost a third of young people said they did not learn about sexual consent in sex education lessons, says a survey from the National Children’s Bureau. It also found one in three did not know, or was unsure, where to get help if they were sexually assaulted. (BBC, 1/7)
Breath of fresh air for asthmatic teens
According to research carried out over three years by UCC lecturer Mary Hughes, students are less likely to manage their asthma properly when they’re away from home because their friends don’t understand the condition. The research findings have been used to design a new e-learning programme about asthma for second-level students. (Irish Examiner, 1/8)
Youth Sensitised On HIV/Aids
African Evangelical Enterprises (AEE) last weekend started an HIV/Aids awareness campaign targeting adolescents. The campaign, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), aims at encouraging the youth to assume leadership roles in their respective schools and involve their peers in planning and implementing HIV/Aids awareness programmes. (The New Times Rawanda, 1/8)



HHS Office of Adolescent Health: Our Picks: Adolescent Health Year in Review
2013 was an important year in adolescent health, with increased information on healthy teen development and exciting gains in several areas, including teen pregnancy prevention and healthcare access. As we kick off 2014, we highlight major themes and helpful resources from the past year!




American Public Health Association meeting scheduled for November 2014; abstract deadline spans February 10–14
The American Public Health Association’s 142nd annual meeting is scheduled for November 15–19 in New Orleans. The deadline for abstract submission ranges from February 10–14, depending on topic area.


AHRQ Webinar: Implementing Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide
During this webinar, the presenters will discuss a new evidence-based guide, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that was developed for primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on how to successfully select, adopt and implement health assessments (HA) in primary care settings. The presenters will describe how this new guide, Health Assessments in Primary Care:  A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff, may be used to help clinicians decide which health assessments to use, how to integrate them into their daily workflow and how to engage patients.
Live Webinar:  Wednesday, January 15 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


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